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Fretted Instrument Repairer

Job Location: Nashville, TN



The Fretted Instrument Repairer handles all aspects of repair and restoration of stringed instruments including warranty and non-warranty instruments as well as any brand. This position will be located at the repair facility in downtown Nashville, TN.


Major responsibilities of the position are listed below. To perform the job successfully, the individual must be able to execute each essential duty satisfactorily.

  • Review repair log to determine assigned repair orders and manage the repair process on those orders to completion.
  • Read and understand repair instructions on the order.
  • Receives product from production department.
  • Use independent judgment to inspect instrument and pick up on needed repairs that might not be listed in instruction.
  • Perform repair work which includes deconstruction, construction, disassembly, assembly, fret work, finishing, and buffing.
  • Perform instrument setups to return instrument to optimal playing condition.
  • Interact with customer via phone or in-person to inform about repairs being made to instruments.
  • Play instruments to evaluate their sound quality and to locate any defects.
  • Adjust string tensions to tune instruments, using hand tools and electronic tuning devices.
  • Disassemble instruments and parts for repair and adjustment.
  • Inspect instruments to locate defects, and to determine their value or the level of restoration required.
  • Repair cracks in wood or metal instruments, using pinning wire, lathes, fillers, clamps, or soldering irons.
  • Reassemble instruments following repair, using hand tools and power tools and glue, hair, yarn, resin, or clamps, and lubricate instruments as necessary.
  • Compare instrument pitches with tuning tool pitches in order to tune instruments.
  • String instruments, and adjust trusses and bridges of instruments to obtain specified string tensions and heights.
  • Repair or replace musical instrument parts and components, such as strings, bridges, felts, and keys, using hand and power tools.
  • Polish instruments, using rags and polishing compounds, buffing wheels, or burnishing tools.
  • Provide tours of facility as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • H.S. Diploma or GED
  • Previous experience in areas relating to:
  • o Use of tools and machinery
    o Problem solving skills
    o Hand skills
    o Guitar setups
    o Ability to play guitar

To be considered, please send resume and salary history in Word format to: electricjobs@gibson.comPlease put “Guitar Repair” in the subject line.